Hello, Karen, Hillary, and Shelley:
Further to my phone call to Karen earlier this week, I am following up with a letter–merely to sing your praises!
As I told Karen, you did what I thought just might be the impossible–you took a man who thought that he only enjoyed traveling to countries rich in ancient history and made him the number one fan of Australia and New Zealand! You made a believer out of him!
Steve and I had the most glorious trip of our lives. Your planning and attention to each and every detail helped to create a flawless, easy, exciting, and enjoyable trip for us. There was nothing left undone–from the efficient airport pickups and transfers, to the informative, friendly, helpful tour guides, to the carefully selected accomodations, to the exciting diversified itinerary–it was all WONDERFUL! How you ever got each and every airline to cooperate and take off and land ON TIME was the most amazing thing. Now, if only you had equal control over the weather, you would be verified miracle workers!
We fell in love with the cities of Australia–from Melbourne, to Perth, to Sydney–each has its own unique appeal, but all are so compact and walkable that it made exploring such a treat. The landscape and natural beauty of New Zealand is unsurpassed. The fern forests, the breathtaking views in Abel Tasman park, the green, green, hillsides–all simply take one’s breath away.
Our evening at the Sydney Opera House on New Year’s Eve is a memory that will forever be ingrained in our heads and our hearts. I had to literally keep pinching myself in order to believe that I really was there. The fireworks, the concert with excerpts from various operas, the dinner, and the after party were all well- orchestrated and loads of fun!
Qantas airlines and New Zealand Air are both remarkable airlines. Northwest airlines should sit up and pay attention–or hang their heads in shame–probably an easier out for them, as paying attention would be too much work.
If you ever need someone to tout your services, please feel free to call upon us. We, in turn, are telling everyone we know about your unbelievable trip planning and will steer all who are planning a trip down under in your direction!
With warm wishes and heartfelt thanks,
Jill and Steve
Traveled to Australia & New Zealand December 2007